On the second day of Christmas. . .

December 20, 2010

On the Second day of Christmas my true love gave to me. . .

picture of two llamas

The Second Day of Christmas

Two Spitting Llamas. . .

picture of parrot with santa hat
The first day of Christmas!

… And a Parrot on a Fairrryyyyy!


New style, Cost of two llamas: $400

Classic style, Cost of two turtle doves: $380

Looks like the new choice is still more expensive than the classics!

Total to date:
New Style – $1,220
Classic Style – $433

Stay tuned for Day Three!


Baby it’s cold outside!

December 6, 2010

It’s winter and I know it’s supposed to be cold.  And I also know it’s not near as cold here as it is in other parts of the world.  But I’m still thinkin’ … Baby, it’s cold outside!  It’s a sharp contrast to the balmy weather we were enjoying in Florida over the Thanksgiving holidays!

The animals have their own ways of keeping warm.  During the day, the guineas like to nestle down in some leaves in the yard – of which there are plenty due to the huge oak and walnut and other trees around the house!

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Two guineas nestled in fallen leaves.

Some of the chickens like to shelter under a big viburnum bush in the front yard, even though it’s in the shade.

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Buff Orpington Chicken hen under viburnum bush.

I suppose it provides some shelter from the wind, and they apparently want that more than heat from any sunshine there might be.

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Chickens 'parked' under shrub.

Meanwhile, the squirrels are still scampering around the yard gathering up nuts.

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Squirrel on fencepost.

Once the nut is buried, off the squirrel goes to find another!

picture of squirrel on fencepost

"I think there's one that-a-way!"

A little cold weather doesn’t slow down our mighty hunter, Spot the cat.  He was playing with his food again, and chasing this rodent around.

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Food to go.

He’d catch the thing, then let it go … then catch it again.  I don’t know if he ever ate it or just played with it.

While all this was going on, the goat, llama, sheep and Maremma sheepdog just took it easy and rested in what sunshine they could find.

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Resting in dry grass for warmth.

They like to nestle down where there is some dry grass to provide a little insulation.

And me, once I’ve made sure everyone outside has food and water, I’m headed back to the house to get WARM again!

Our llama likes maypops!

November 8, 2010

There were a lot of passionflower vines growing on the fence around our garden this year.  The Farmer decided to gather up some of the fruit and let it dry out so he could save the seeds.  He got mabye 18 or so and put them on top of the wellhouse roof to dry.

Well, it seems the wellhouse roof is just the right height for a llama table.  Further, it would seem that after the inital taste-testing … licking, nibbling and finally eating one… that our llama decided she really likes maypops!

picture of llama eating maypops

Whatever these are, they sure taste good!

They do smell really good!  The first time I saw her eating them, she just ate a few.  Then I saw her eat a few more later in the day.

picture of llama eating maypops

Most delicious!

I saw her eating them 4 different times.  I happened by the dining room window last night when she was eating the last bunch.

Yes, she ate every last one of them!  Then she licked the roof and nudged the board around trying to see if there were any more.

picture of llama eating maypops.

There must be some more somewhere!

But no, she got every last smidgen of them.  I told The Farmer if he wants any of his maypop seeds he’s going to have to follow the llama around and get them after they’ve been processed!

But he informed me there were a few maypops that dropped to the ground before he picked the rest, so probably will get some vines from those.

Don’t understand why he doesn’t want to be sure and get those seeds! 🙂

Friday’s Farm Fotos

October 8, 2010

Time for a round-up of photos from around the farm this week.  We’ve had some beautiful weather, and critters and people are all enjoying it.

The guineas are done nesting for the year, and back in one big flock.  Here they are in our front yard. . .

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Foraging Guineas

They hatched a lot of keets, but made a poor showing for keeping them!  There are only two survivors.  Guineas will NOT be winning the mother of the year award!

The chickens like to forage in the grass too.  It’s a nice buffet of seeds and bugs.

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Strolling along. . .

They not only forage in the front yard and fields, they go down around the pond too.

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Grazing by the pond.

And they are often near the birdbath, since they like to use it for their local watering hole.

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The Patriarch Rooster of the Chicken Clan

While the chickens are running around, the goat and llama are taking a break and enjoying the sunshine.

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Resting in the sunshine.

Since the weather was cooler, Toby and I decided to walk in the woods.  In the bottom pasture, there are still some butterflies flitting around.

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Gulf Fritillary butterfly (Agraulis vanillae)

There are still white flowers blooming in the fields and woods.

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Anybody know what these plants are?

Since ya’ll are so good at identifying birds, how about trees?  There is a pretty tall tree in our woods with purplish stems at the top.

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Name this tree!

And to help with the identification, here is a closer look at the leaves of the tree . . .

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A closer look at the leaves. . .

And now, a closer look at those purple stems at the top of the tree. . .

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Looks like there was fruit here?

So how about it, anyone know what the tree is?

And now, it’s time to jump into the week-end!

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"Gotta Fly!"

Hope ya’ll have a GREAT week-end!

Another Vet Visit for the Llama

October 1, 2010

Yesterday I noticed Keira was limping just slightly.  I checked and there was some swelling at the top of her rear left leg.  Just to be sure I wasn’t imagining things, I had The Farmer take a look also.  Yep, looked swollen.

Okay, time to get the vet out and let him look at the swelling and see if he concurred with my diagnosis of why she is losing her hair.  So I called the office first thing this morning and set up an appointment for a farm visit.

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Checking out the neighborhood.

My absolute favorite vet came out.  This guy is smart, good with animals, and good with people.  He listens to what you have to say, and if he disagrees he’ll say so, but he doesn’t get arrogant about it like you’re an idiot and he’s smart because he’s the vet.  (Can you tell I’ve dealt with some like that?)

He gave her a shot for inflammation, but wasn’t too concerned about the swelling.  As for the hair….

It’s just what I thought.  It’s stress induced hair-loss, a lot like people get when they have chemotherapy.  Between the stress of a difficult delivery, heat stress, and mega-doses of antibiotics. . . plus given the fact she isn’t itching, he didn’t see mites, and she has new hair growing in under what’s coming out… it all added up just the way I figured.  But it was still nice to have the vet here and take a look just to be sure.

So at some point she’s probably going to have nothing but fuzz.  I hope she can get enough growth to keep her warm before it gets really cold, but if not, there’s always blankets.

There was one other notable fact about the vet’s visit.  Keira did not:

  • fuss about getting a halter on,
  • try to run away when the vet came,
  • fuss when he was poking at her back side,
  • fuss when he was pulling at her hair
  • or do much of anything but flinch when he gave her a shot.

Nope, she just stood there quietly, nuzzling my neck.  She is back to her very sweet, lovable llama self.  She’s like a whole different animal, personality wise, when she’s pregnant.

Just one more reason not to do that again!